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Updated to include recent breakthroughs. First published in 1998, here are the stories of seven diseases that changed the course of human history, updated to reflect new medical and social developments such as: the ravages of AIDS in Africa, Asia, and other locations, the bioterror threat posed by smallpox eradication, a primitive yet effective new measure for fighting cholera in India, an important new drug to treat malaria, and more. Illustrated with reproductions of photographs, newspaper cartoons, public health posters, and the like, this book is a mix of history, biography, and biology.